Mary Kay Place Articles

April 25, 2013


Tulsa World


Okie-style “Inside the Actors Studio” with Mary Kay Place


By Michael Smith


Tulsa’s multi-talented Mary Kay Place will be the subject of an Oklahoma-style ‘Inside the Actors Studio’ event at the Oklahoma History Center on May 5.


This event held in conjunction with the ‘Oklahoma@the Movies’ exhibit at the Oklahoma City museum is free to attend, but reservations must be made for the 350 seats available.


An RSVP may be made by emailing Nicole Harvey at for the 7 p.m. event next Sunday evening, with doors opening at 6 p.m. for those wishing to tour the ‘Oklahoma@the Movies’ display.


The Emmy-winning star of film and television will also be announcing her personal donation intended for OKPOP, the Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture that is planned for the Brady Arts District in downtown Tulsa.


The donation, according to history center officials, will include costumes, set memorabilia and personal items from her career, which has been one of the more varied in Hollywood.


Place can draw from a career that includes her work in films like The Big Chill, Being John Malkovich, and Private Benjamin as well as a TV career including HBO’s “Big Love” and her breakout 1970’s role in “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.”


Place graduated from both Nathan Hale High School and the University of Tulsa, where her father was a professor.


Dr. Bob L. Blackburn, executive director of the Oklahoma Historical Society, will moderate the evening’s discussion with Place.


‘It is important for Oklahomans to own their history and not let it find a home in other parts of the country,’ Blackburn said in a press release. ‘Mary Kay Place grew up in Oklahoma, so Oklahoma is where her stories deserve to be preserved.’


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